Camelot Group Plc, operator of The UK National Lottery, today Monday 15th November 1999, released the first ever major survey of National Lottery winners to discover what effect the lottery really has on happiness, lifestyles and relationships.
The unique survey carried out by MORI, marks the 5th birthday of The National Lottery and the findings represent the most complete snapshot of the generation of Lottery winners who have emerged since the first draw on 19 November 1994. MORI questioned 249 players who had won at least 16350,000 and respondents included 111 winners of more than 1631 million.
It's who you are not what you win ...
More than half the Lottery winners are happier now than they were before their win (55%). Most of the other winners claim that winning the Lottery has not affected their level of happiness, largely due to the fact that they were happy before their win. Only 2% of winners were less happy. The happiness of the winner is not affected by the size of his or her win. Those having won 16350k to 163250k are just as likely to be happier following their win, as those who have won more than 1631m, which suggests that it is as much the person's character as well as winning something which is the key to their happiness.
Of the winners who are happier (55%) around two thirds claim one of the reasons is improved financial security and fewer worries (65%). A further 23% either stated that they can buy what they want now or that life is generally a lot easier.
The large majority of Lottery winners have not experienced any negative effects on family life or friendships. Of those respondents who were married before their win (67%), well over nine out of ten (95%) remain married. All of the winners who were living with a partner prior to their win (but not married), are still in the same relationship (whether now married or not).
Unlike the winner, it appears that the increased happiness of winners' families is dependent on the size of their relative's win. A higher proportion of winners of 163250k or more state that their family is happier (58%) compared with those who have won less than this amount (37%). The main reason for improved family happiness is increased financial security (34%).
Eighty three per cent of winners have given some of their winnings to their family. Of these winners, two thirds have given money to their siblings, 57% to their children and 51% to their parents. The range of recipients appears to be influenced by the size of the win.
The findings also indicate that the larger the win, the more likely that the winner's family will ask for money (17% of families asked for winnings from winners of 16350k-163250k, compared with 29% of families with a relative winning 1632m+).
Lucky for friends ...
Of the two thirds of winners who stated they had a best friend before their win, nine out of ten winners are still best friends with the same person. Men appear to be more generous with their winnings than women. On average men have given money to around three friends, compared with one friend for women. Men also appear to give away larger amounts. On average, the largest amount given away by men was around 163147,000, while the average for women was only 16360,000. And winners from Scotland and Northern England gave away the largest amounts to friends, which averaged 163228k and 163173k respectively. This compares to those from the midlands (16366k) and Southern England (17K). The largest single amount of money given away by one respondent is a staggering 1633m.
Twenty four per cent of all winners socialise with other winners through Camelot rising to half of those of more than 1632m.
Different lifestyle ...
As might be expected, the lifestyles of many Lottery winners have changed significantly. Aside from large purchases (such as cars, homes and holidays) other changes include making increased contributions to charity (40%) of winners and going on holiday abroad for the first time (19%). Twelve per cent of winners have still not been abroad and for 7% of winners a caravan is one of their major purchases.
Just under 40% of winners have moved home since their win. Although the proportion of winners who have moved house is influenced by the size of their win, only 50% of winners of more than 1632m have moved house since their win.
Of those who have moved, three quarters now live in detached houses. Most of those who have moved have not moved far - an average of nine miles. Fifty six per cent of winners of 1631m or more who have moved house consider their new home to be in the countryside. Winners of larger amounts often own more than one home (26%), with a quarter of those owning property abroad.
Other significant lifestyle changes include; one in ten winners have switched to private medical care since their win and 1% have had plastic surgery. Three per cent have moved their children from state schools to private schools (including 9% of winners of 1632m or more).
Most winners (84%) have not taken up any new hobbies since their win. Twelve per cent of winners have joined health clubs, although a third of all winners state they have gained weight since their win (32%) with a further 14% losing weight.
On average, the winners have so far spent 44% of their winnings and 23% of all winners made use of the independent advisory panel put forward by Camelot. This figure rises to 40% of those winners of more than 1631m.
Still like a bargain ...
Food shopping habits also indicate only a marginal change. Over a third of winners (37%) still buy supermarket own brands, regardless of the size of the win. Only 4% claim to have switched from buying supermarket brands to individual brands.
Still working ...
Around half of those winners who were in regular work before their win are still in the same job (48%), falling to 27% among winners of 1632m or more. Just over half of the winners of more than 1631m have given up work altogether (56%). Of those winners who have started a new job since their win (15%), around half have started their own business (45%), including almost all of those who have won more than 1631m.
And finally ...
Winning the Lottery appears to have very little impact on the winners' perception of their social class or their political persuasion. Fifty-two per cent of winners of 1632m+ consider themselves to be working class, compared with 60% before their win.
Around nine out of ten Lottery winners still participate in the lottery every week (88%), and 91% of winners of 1632m or more still play. Only 2% have stopped playing altogether.
Dianne Thompson, Commercial Operations Director for Camelot commented; "The survey gives a uniquely historic insight into the lives of Lottery winners over the last five years. So far, for the vast majority of winners, the experience is a fun and happy one".
- Camelot is the operator of The National Lottery and is committed to maximising returns to Good Causes designated by Parliament. Camelot is not responsible for distributing these funds.
- During September 1999, Camelot contacted around 350 Lottery winners to ask whether they would be willing to participate in the MORI survey. All those contacted had won at least 16350,000 either playing individually or as their share of a syndicate win.
- A total of 270 winners agreed to participate. Each was telephoned by MORI during late September and early October. In all 249 telephone interviews were completed.
- To date The National Lottery has created 866 millionaires and raised over 1637.5 billion for the six Good causes designated by Parliament.
- Further facts and figures about the Lottery, a full copy of the survey results, details on services Camelot provides to winners or interviews with National Lottery winners, can be provided by contacting the National Lottery Newsroom on the number below.